Kingdom of Balai Buntar / Sumatera, Prov. Bengkulu

The kingdom of Balai Buntar was located on Sumatera, provinsi Bengkulu.

Province of Bengkulu

* Foto’s ancient sites, tribes on Sumatera and old Sumatera: link

History of the kingdom of Balai Buntar

There is no information about the history of this kingdom.

History of the kingdoms in Bengkulu

Google translation

In Bengkulu region in the past there were several kingdoms:
  1. Kingdom of Sungai Serut
  2. Kingdom of Selebar
  3. Kingdom of Pat Petulai
  4. Kingdom of Balai Buntar
  5. Kingdom of Sungai Lemau
  6. Kingdom of Sekiris
  7. Kingdom of Gedung Agung
  8. Kingdom of Marau Riang

Some kingdoms became vazal of the sultanate of Banten. In some areas of Bengkulu some have also been under the authority of the Kingdom of Inderapura since the 17th century. The British East India Company (EIC) had since 1685 established the Bencoolen / Coolen pepper trade center, derived from the English “Cut Land”, which means broken ground, since this bengkulu area is the most active earthquake fault zone in the world and then the warehouse in place which is now the city of Bengkulu.
At that time, the EIC expedition was led by Ralph Ord and William Cowley to find a replacement for the pepper center after the Port of Banten fell into the hands of the VOC, and the EIC was barred from trading there. The Treaty of the Empire on July 12, 1685 permitted England to erect fortresses and various commercial buildings. The York Castle was founded in 1685 around the mouth of the Serut River.
From 1714, a fortress called Marlborough was built and completed in 1719 which remains standing today. However, the company gradually realized it was not profitable, because it did not produce enough pepper.
Since the implementation of the London Agreement in 1824, Bengkulu was handed over to the Netherlands in exchange for Malacca as well as affirmation of ownership of Tumasik / Singapore and Belitung Island. Since that agreement Bengkulu became part of the Dutch East Indies.
The discovery of the gold deposit in Rejang Lebong area in the second half of the 19th century made it a gold mining center until the 20th century. Now, commercial mining activities have been discontinued since the depletion of the deposit.

Old maps of Sumatera

For old maps of Sumatera (1565, 1588, 1598, 1601, 1616, 1620, 1707, 1725, 1760), klik here

Sumatera, 1707

Source (english)

History of Bengkulu:

Source (only indon. language)

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